Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:41 UTC
Windows It's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.
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RE: Will Anyone Care
by bnolsen on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 05:08 UTC in reply to "Will Anyone Care"
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

The one certain thing about the mobile market is tht it is uncertain. If anything android may help MS out...its shown that real players other than Apple exists. Instead of the knee jerk iphone purchase people will see android and winpho phones sitting together at the carrier's store. That may even the playing field.

That being said I've played with one of those sprint 4g phones and it's a pretty appealing platform.

The problem MS has is that it can't really charge much for the OS itself since I doubt android licenses are very steep. They'll have a slight uphill with the carriers and phone manufacturers

Edited 2010-09-02 05:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Will Anyone Care
by nt_jerkface on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 05:38 in reply to "RE: Will Anyone Care"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

They're only charging $15 but they get a cut of app sales.

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RE[3]: Will Anyone Care
by bnolsen on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 18:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Will Anyone Care"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

license fee overhead of android is apparently $0 for manufacturers. Considering handset makers move units in the millions this initial cost itself doesn't help microsoft.

With MS requiring all the handsets to look and act alike on the software side truly forces commoditization on the handset manufacturers who might consider tweaking android themselves to get a leg up over the other guys. This may be MS's achilles heel...trying to ride the fence between apple's holistic model and google's totally open model.

It would be interesting to see software license + support costs over the life of a handset using the android model compared with the winpho model.

Edited 2010-09-02 18:28 UTC

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RE[3]: Will Anyone Care
by bnolsen on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 18:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Will Anyone Care"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Interesting speculative post about the money model:

http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/market-insight-top.pag?docid=1868...

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